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US bombing raid on Iraqi women and children: now between 74,312 and 80,954 civilians killed since US-led invasion of Iraq in April 2003

Posted by gasweek on 17 October, 2007

A United States air strike in Iraq that killed 15 women and children had represented one of the largest losses of civilian life in a single military raid and a bloody start to the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, wrote Andrew Gully in The Canberra Times (13/10/2007, p.17).

Civilian deaths regretted: A US military spokesman had said 19 suspected insurgents and 15 women and children were killed in an oper­ation on Thursday in the Lake Tharthar region. Late last month the US military had been accused by Iraqi officials of killing 15 women and children in two air strikes south of Baghdad. Commanders had responded by saying that civilian deaths were regretted and came as “coalition forces search to rid Iraq of terrorism”.

Indiscriminate firing on civilians in Baghdad: The latest incident had come amid Iraqi outrage after a government report had found that guards from US private security firm Blackwater killed 17 civilians as they fired indis­criminately in a central Baghdad square last month.

Growing number of civilians killed: According to the latest United Nations Assist­ance Mission for Iraq report into human rights abuses in Iraq, 88 civilians had been killed in air strikes by the US military in the three months between April and June. According to the Iraqi Body Count website, which kept an indepen­dent tally of Iraqi deaths, between 74,312 and 80,954 civilians had been killed since the US-led invasion of Iraq in April 2003.

The Canberra Times, 13/10/2007, p. 17

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CIA’s history is of bribery, coercion and brute force: often out of control, embattled, mistrusted

Posted by gasweek on 17 October, 2007

In Tim Weiner’s account, Legacy of Ashes: History of the CIA the CIA had emerged as a tawdry creation: part elite club, founded on arrogance and insufficient geography, part quasi-criminal racket operating outside the laws of the United States, wrote Chris Petit in The Canberra Times (13/10/2007, p. 16). Read the rest of this entry »

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Terrorism (Preventative Detention) Amendment Bill 2007 seeks to strengthen counterterrorism laws

Posted by gasweek on 12 October, 2007

Speaking on 5 September 2007 in the Western Australia Legislative Council on the Terrorism (Preventative Detention) Amendment Bill 2007, Jon Ford, Minister for Regional Development and Fisheries, said that at a special Council of Australian Governments meeting held on 27 September 2005 to consider national counterterrorism issues, state and territory leaders agreed that a strengthening of Australia’s counterterrorism laws was warranted.

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Espoused list of spymasters enlarged: ALP gives OK as Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity and Australian Crime Commission join ASIO, Department of Defence, the DFAT and AFP

Posted by gasweek on 12 October, 2007

ALP Senator Joseph Ludwig (Queensland) told the Senate on 20 September 2007 that his party approved of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2007, which granted more agencies access to intercepted material.

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Every mobile phone a potential tracking device for police or ASIO; Greens dismay as law says every website address a person visits could be monitored, with no judicial oversight and no accountability

Posted by gasweek on 12 October, 2007

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle (New South Wales) told the Senate on 20 September 2007 the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2007 opened up the prospect of communications being able to be observed in effectively real-time.

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Bill provides for national system of public health surveillance; greater cooperation between governments; notifiable disease list

Posted by gasweek on 12 October, 2007

Speaking on 20 September 2007 in the Commonwealth House of Representatives on the National Health Security Bill 2007, a bill to give effect to the International Health Regulations 2005, Nicola Roxon said it was a substantial bill with several constituent parts.

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CrimTrac provides direct access information on behalf of all policing jurisdictions to provide them information about telephone subscriptions

Posted by gasweek on 12 October, 2007

Since November 2004, CrimTrac had been brokering Sensis direct access information on behalf of all policing jurisdictions and other criminal enforcement agencies to provide them with pertinent information about telephone subscriptions when investigating, preventing and prosecuting criminal offences, said Senator Joseph Ludwig (Queensland) in the Federal Senate on 20 September 2007 in debate on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2007.

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Greens will not support Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill: “Major attack on privacy,” says Nettle

Posted by gasweek on 12 October, 2007

Senator Kerry Nettle, Greens Party, speaking in the Senate on 20 September 2007, said the Greens would not support the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2007.

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